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Crossing Midnight, Vol. 2: A Map of Midnight (Crossing Midnight #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  262 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A fantasy/horror series set in the heart of present-day Nagakaki, Japan where a set of extraordinary twins are born -- one just before midnight and the other just after. They discover the huge impact this minor difference has on their destinies when the after-midnight twin, Toshi, is inducted into a world of supernatural beings and events that intersects with our own world ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 13th 2008 by Vertigo
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Wow. I am smugly proud of myself for caving and buying Volume 2 of this series. I said it about Volume 1, that Carey is simply a slow starter and I was correct. A Map of Midnight blew away Cut Here. Anything I disliked in the first was removed and anything I loved or thought held promise, was included and emphasized. The characters read so alive and relatable. I was rooting for the good guys and feeling sickened by the bad guys, which makes great horror. The fantasy aspects of the story were unl ...more
Volume 2 continues the story, shifting what little focus had been on the parents entirely over to Kai and Toshi. Toshi becomes the antagonist as she serves as a scrape-grace and assassin for Aratsu, while Kai tries to find her, finding himself involved in the date-girl scene. Some of the concepts are more disturbing than the Kami themselves, but the story approaches them with a fairly balanced view. Threads get pulled together, but the overall weave doesn't appear in this volume. Art is strong, ...more
Elizabeth A
This volume collects issues #6-12.

Twins Toshi and Kai continue down their separate paths, each with a different objective. Toshi starts training to serve her new master, and Kai gets enmeshed with the enjokosai - middle to high school age girls who go on dates for money. It's legal in Japan, but a supernatural slasher is voicing disapproval in the bloodiest ways imaginable.

This is an interesting story with Japanese cultural aspects that I find fascinating, and I look forward to finishing the tri

That's what I shouted when I came to the end of "Crossing Midnight: Cut Here". Because it was only volume ONE of a story-arc that cuts (no pun intended) through several graphic novels- "A Map Of Midnight" was no exception, either! Spectacular!!

I had to read them all.

Yes, HAD TO.

This story was REALLY well written, amazingly illustrated, and it carried me forward through the storyline with surprising ease. I was instantly invested with the Hara family and the twins problems and p
This is the 2nd book in the Crossing Midnight series, and we pick up the story of Toshi and Kai. Toshi has by now had all of her past memories removed by Aratsu, and she is in training to be his scrape grace, stealing images from people's dreams while they sleep. She also has a new name, Hasharito, and doesn't remember her old name. Kai leaves home to try and find her. He knows she disappeared with Aratsu into another world, so he begins by seeking information on the spirit world, and then he se ...more
Continues to develop the world established in the first TPB well. I disagree with e library shelving it under YA because there is some graphic sex talk in here. (Page 65, I'm looking at you.)
Family has been torn apart. Brother searches for his sister. He finds date girls with their own set of problems instead. Sister is bound under work with no memory of her past. Both become powerful in unexpected situations.
Vi Khong
Pretty good but kind of hard to follow - many sub-plots.
Yelped for joy when I found volume 2 of this series at a different library. I was surprised to read on Wikipedia that this book didn't sell well in floppy format. Only 19 issues in total so there's only 1 more TPB. Please, oh, please let my library have it on their shelves!
I liked this one better than the first volume. The world was more concrete, more merged than in Cut Here as there was less exposition to cover. Ultimately, it was kind of predictable in where Toshi ends up but I was intrigued by where Kai seems to be going.
One of the subplots in this story is the loss of innocence - specifically, enjokosai; middle- to high-school-age girls who go on dates for money in Japan. I really like the incorporation of supernatural crossing with the real world. Can't wait to read the third one.
Hmmmm...I dunno. This one seemed a lot more...scattered than the first volume did. Kai and Toshi both have a variety of encounters with yokai, but there doesn't seem to be much that really advances the story until the very end. Still an enjoyable read though.
Arguably even darker and more suspenseful than the first volume, but with a few more splashes of black humour. I'm now eagerly awaiting the final volume at the end of the year to see how it all ties together.
The story develops nicely in this installment: Kai and Toshi both have to fulfill their separate stories and the art seems to get a bit better. Not as much of a cliffhanger at the end of this one.
Volume two kept my interest and more -- I think I'll be adding this to my subscription at midtown and start collecting . . .
Krystl Louwagie
A high 3, good intelligent plot and writing. Still like the whimsical fairy tale elements, for sure. Interesting read.
Shannon Appelcline
A great continuation of the story, with intriguing looks at both Japanese mysticism and (depraved) Tokyo culture.
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Love it! Can't wait to find out what happens next!
Erica Crockett
I like the idea of spirits in everything. Very animist
the art shifts between stories
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Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.

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